This NEW course explores in depth what you need to know and do to teach GCSE English Literature to a high standard, having never done so before. Our highly experienced presenter will examine how to ensure that the content is covering in an engaging manner and to the appropriate standards, so that both you and your students achieve excellent outcomes in GCSE English Literature.


  • Explore the subject content and assessment requirements of this specification, strengthening your confidence and teaching knowledge
  • Take away teaching strategies to support the delivery of GCSE English Literature
  • Gain a full understanding of the relevant standards for your teaching, helping you to keep students on track
  • Develop your teaching skills on the most challenging texts and aspects of the GCSE
  • Obtain excellent ideas to maintain motivation, progress and understanding
COURSE DATES Manchester Friday 02 November 2018
London Monday 12 November 2018
  • Teachers new to GCSE English Language
  • ITTs
  • NQTs
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.00am: The core skills and content of GCSE English Literature

  • Understanding the specification content and what it means to you as a teacher
  • How GCSE English Literature is assessed and factoring those skills into your teaching
  • Applying the Assessment Objectives and specification content to a range of answers, to establish the standard to which you need to teach
  • Progress tracking – establishing success from the start of the GCSE

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.15pm: Teaching the specification – Shakespeare and poetry

  • What students need to be able to understand and do to succeed at Shakespeare
  • Teaching strategies to enhance teaching Shakespeare at GCSE level, including recommended resources
  • How to teach poetry well to students of different abilities: how to encourage students at Grades 4, 5 7 and 9
  • Linking ideas and themes across the specification, to enhance understanding (using poetry as an example)

12.15 – 1.00pm: Challenging concepts

  • Successful teaching and results for unseen poetry analysis
  • Strategies and teaching methods to help students understand the contexts of older plays, poems and novels
  • Teaching high level analytical and evaluative skills

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: Modern texts

  • Selecting and teaching modern texts
  • Key points of similarity and difference with texts from earlier periods and how to ensure students understand these
  • Excellent teaching of successful exam technique
  • Motivating students who are struggling

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 3.45pm: Next steps, planning and networking

  • Encouraging independent learning
  • What to do after you leave today to implement these ideas immediately
  • How to ensure your students stay on track

Joanna Kimbell

As a senior examiner and moderator for both Edexcel and AQA, Joanna has extensive knowledge and understanding of what is required for students to achieve at all levels across all key stages. Joanna’s expertise and experience of examining means she is able to aid departments in structuring challenging and interesting courses that will provide the appropriate stretch – and support – to enable candidates to access the demands of the new specifications.

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